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Debunking the latest NY Daily News ‘Miracle School’ | Gary Rubinstein's Blog

Debunking the latest NY Daily News ‘Miracle School’ | Gary Rubinstein's Blog | School reform | Scoop.it
A 'miracle school' is one that purports to get extraordinary results with the 'same kids' as the nearby 'failing' school.  Sometimes the miracle is high test
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How "reformers" trick the press into writing about "miracle" schools. In this case they confused the cohort graduation rate with the graduation rate of those who had already reached their senior year. This was an unfair comparison.

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Warning: The Common Core standards may be harmful to children

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This article documents to some extent the developmental inappropriateness that runs rampant through the Common Core standards.

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The Frustrated Teacher: The Grand Coalition Against Teachers, By Joanne Barkan

The Frustrated Teacher: The Grand Coalition Against Teachers, By Joanne Barkan | School reform | Scoop.it
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Well-researched, comprehensive article.

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RIP, American Dream? Why It's So Hard for the Poor to Get Ahead Today

RIP, American Dream? Why It's So Hard for the Poor to Get Ahead Today | School reform | Scoop.it
High-income kids who don't graduate from college are 2.5 times more likely to end up rich than low-income kids who do get a degree
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Fabulous graphs.

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evaluate me please | Search Results | teach from the heart

evaluate me please | Search Results | teach from the heart | School reform | Scoop.it
musings of a teacher, parent, and life-long learner
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Evaluating Teacher Evaluation

Evaluating Teacher Evaluation | School reform | Scoop.it
Popular modes of evaluating teachers are fraught with inaccuracies and inconsistencies, but the field has identified better approaches, write Linda Darling-Hammond, Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, Edward Haertel, and Jesse Rothstein.
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Jennifer McGuff's curator insight, July 30, 2015 3:33 PM

This article reports research that gains in student achievement are affected by a great deal more than an individual teacher.  Factors included:

Class sizes, curriculum materials, instructional time, access to specialists and tutors, and resources for learning (computers, science labs)Home and community supports and challengesIndividual student needs, health and attendancePrior teaching and schooling

The above are just naming a few.  An enlightening piece of data in this article reports that teacher effectiveness varies greatly when different statistical methods are used. Also, teachers’ value-added scores differed significantly when different tests are used, even when they are used within the same subject area.  

Rog Rothe's curator insight, July 31, 2015 1:24 AM

I scooped this because teacher evaluation is still a hotly contested issue in the State of Michigan.  There is so much disparity between policies and evaluation models available for administrators to use to evaluate teachers. 

Julie Jackson's curator insight, September 28, 2015 8:45 PM

I believe that all teachers should be evaluated using the same evaluation rubric.  This needs to be re-evaluated in the near future.

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Janet Joyner says education reform should proceed cautiously

Janet Joyner says education reform should proceed cautiously | School reform | Scoop.it
It will be interesting to see how in-state interests are served by the particulars of state Rep. Donny Lambeth’s future bill to "charterize" the entire Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school district.
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My favorite quote from this article:

 

We’ve been gathering comparisons of “experiments” for more than a quarter of a century now. That’s over six cohorts, or generations, of students. What isn’t debatable is this: Learning self-discipline and how to learn still seems to be the key. One student at a time.

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The Sensitivity of Value-Added Teacher Effect Estimates to Different Mathematics Achievement Measures - Lockwood - 2007 - Journal of Educational Measurement - Wiley Online Library

The Sensitivity of Value-Added Teacher Effect Estimates to Different Mathematics Achievement Measures - Lockwood - 2007 - Journal of Educational Measurement - Wiley Online Library | School reform | Scoop.it
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Value-Added Modeling in Education | RAND

Value-Added Modeling in Education | RAND | School reform | Scoop.it
Student performance reflects many factors beyond their teacher's effectiveness, yet teacher evaluations often reflect how well their students do on standardized tests.
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A starting point for expert analysis of VAM and its limitations

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What Do We Know About Vouchers and Charter Schools? Separating the Rhetoric from the Reality | RAND

This research brief describes work documented in Rhetoric Versus Reality: What We Know and What We Need to Know About Vouchers and Charter Schools (MR-1118-EDU).
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There is no evidence for or against charter schools and vouchers according to RAND Corporation study. They recommend that efforts be made to insure that charters and private schools cannot skim the most desireable or highest achieving students from public schools.

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The Billionaires' War Against Public Education

The Billionaires' War Against Public Education | School reform | Scoop.it
'Go Public' is a welcome antidote to the bleak and misleading message of 'Waiting for Superman.'
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joint_statement_on_core_standards.pdf

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I have been wondering if any developmental psychologists, cognitive neuroscientists, or developmental pediatricians were included in development of the common core standards. As far as I can tell, they were not. This is a statement from a group of early childhood professionals including developmental experts. Their point is that the standards are not necesssarily developmentally appropriate.

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Why Common Core standards will fail

Why Common Core standards will fail | School reform | Scoop.it
Only five states, including Virginia, refused to participate in the new Common Core learning standards. Now new research reveals the change, costing billions of dollars, will likely have little positive impact on student achievement.
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Problems with the use of student test scores to evaluate teachers | Economic Policy Institute

Problems with the use of student test scores to evaluate teachers | Economic Policy Institute | School reform | Scoop.it
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Why Gloomy Pundits and Politicians Are Wrong About America's Education System

Why Gloomy Pundits and Politicians Are Wrong About America's Education System | School reform | Scoop.it
"Our advantaged kids are doing as well as anybody in the world at reading, and in math, disadvantaged kids have improved more than almost any other country," says the author of a new paper
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Why VAM Is Junk Science

Why VAM Is Junk Science | School reform | Scoop.it
Since Arne Duncan became Secretary of Education and unleashed the Race to the Top, almost every state has adopted laws to evaluate teachers by the test scores of their students. Most teachers know ...
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Leading mathematician debunks ‘value-added’

A prominent mathematician says its time for mathematicians to speak out against the value-added assessment models increasingly being used to evaluate and pay teachers and explains the dangers of the practice.
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